PRINT September 2018

Barbara Moore

Peter Moore, performance view of Steve Paxton’s Deposit, 1965. Kutsher’s Country Club, Thompson, NY, August 25, 1965. Deborah Hay and Steve Paxton.

I REGARD PETER'S ARCHIVE as a lifelong photo-essay. He came out of the generation of photographers influenced by Life magazine and his idol was W. Eugene Smith, with whom he studied in Smith’s final workshop. We met in 1960 and married in ’61, beginning our joint commitment to the thrilling avant-garde activities that were taking place. Judson was just one experience in this whole new world, which would eventually include Happenings, Fluxus, multimedia and intermedia. He and a handful of other photographers like Robert McElroy did this on their own time and at their own expense, simply because they felt that if they didn’t record these events they’d be forgotten. Peter started photographing the Judson Poets Theater in 1961; once we were on its mailing list, we heard about the new dance concerts.

Peter called himself an observer. Although since childhood I’d been obsessed with dance,

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